Rolls-Royce SMR renews call for closer international collaboration on small modular reactors
28th June 2023
Rolls-Royce SMR’s Safety and Regulatory Affairs Director, Helena Perry, has met with representatives from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as part of continuing discussions on nuclear harmonisation and standardisation.
IAEA’s Nuclear Harmonisation and Standardisation Initiative was established with the goal of increasing collaboration around regulation of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs).
Helena said: “Rolls-Royce SMR’s design is progressing well through the UK’s independent regulatory assessment – a process which is internationally recognised and respected.
“We’re keen to work with the IAEA on this important initiative and explore opportunities to streamline the safe and secure deployment of SMRs around the globe. Rolls-Royce SMR is working with a range of developers, utilities and industrial customers, and we believe that there are real opportunities to capitalise on the progress we’re making in the UK to streamline the process elsewhere in the world.”
During the visit to the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Helena met with the UK Ambassador to the IAEA and CTBTO, Corinne Kitsell, to update her on progress in the UK Generic Design Assessment (GDA).
The Rolls-Royce SMR design entered Step 2 of the GDA in April this year and the first version of its Environment, Security, Safety and Safeguards (E3S) Case is now available on the dedicated GDA website where people can find out more about the Rolls-Royce SMR, make comments and ask questions.
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28623 IAEA HP.jpg, caption: “(L-R) The UK's Ambassador to the IAEA and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), Corinne Kitsell, with Rolls-Royce SMR’s Safety and Regulatory Affairs Director, Helena Perry.”
Rolls-Royce SMR will draw upon standard nuclear energy technology that has been used in 400 reactors around the world.
The Rolls-Royce SMR power station will have the capacity to generate 470MW of low carbon energy, equivalent to more than 150 onshore wind turbines and enough to power a million homes. It will provide consistent baseload generation for at least 60 years, helping to support the roll out of renewable generation and overcome intermittency issues.
Rolls-Royce SMR welcomes comments and questions about the Rolls-Royce SMR design. This feedback will be incorporated into the GDA process and may be published anonymously on the Rolls-Royce SMR GDA website and used during dialogue with our regulators.